Parking & Maps

Virtual Parking Permits

On the SMU campus, License Plate Recognition technology (LPR) and Virtual Permits have replaced all paper permits. LPR technology uses optical character recognition to automatically read license plate characters. SMU operates mobile LPR, which uses vehicle-mounted cameras to verify plates in all campus lots. Virtual permits are free of charge for CAPE instructors and students. If you park on campus without a virtual permit you will receive a parking citation with an associated $50 fine.

Request a virtual parking permit for the current term

SMU Main Campus in Dallas

Parking on the SMU Main Campus requires a parking pass at all times. Generally, SMU CAPE parking passes allow holders to park in any surface lot marked All University Parking (AUP), as space allows.

Parking passes also may be used in the upper levels of Airline, Binkley, Mustang, or Moody Parking Centers.

Additional lots may be available to SMU CAPE students after 5 p.m. Monday–Friday and on weekends.

Please note that parking availability may be limited during special events, such as SMU home football games, etc.

SMU East Campus in Dallas

Parking on the SMU East Campus (between Central Expressway and Greenville Avenue) requires a parking pass at all times.

Most East Campus classes take place at the SMU Global, Online and Continuing Education building.

The closest student parking for the SMU Global, Online and Continuing Education building is the surface lot just east of the building, at 5551 SMU Boulevard. Additional east campus parking is available at a convenient surface lot on the corner of Dyer Street and Central Expressway.

Off-Campus Parking & Shuttles in Dallas

For DART users, DART offers two free shuttles from Mockingbird Station, providing regular service Monday through Saturday to the SMU campus.

Routes include the SMU GO building and several parking centers:
Museum Express (Route 743)—Bush Center and Meadows Museum
Mustang Express (Route 768)—throughout the SMU Campus
Schedules and routes may vary; please visit DART for details.

Useful Maps

SMU Interactive Campus Map

Parking Contact Information

Phone: 214-768-7275